Consumer Surveillance Enters Its Bargaining Phase The best measure of whether a company cares about privacy is what it does by default. Many apps and products are initially set up to be public: Instagram accounts are open to everyone until … Continue reading Good privacy tools
In Stores, Secret Surveillance Tracks Your Every Move Imagine you are shopping in your favorite grocery store. As you approach the dairy aisle, you are sent a push notification in your phone: “10 percent off your favorite yogurt! Click here … Continue reading Beacons are watching you
How Shopping For Yogurt is Like Buying a Car We could say that the wholesome trend in food was led by yogurt. FAGE was the first Greek yogurt sold in the U.S. Then there was Chobani, Danone, and General Mills. … Continue reading Our choice fatigue
When Ketchup and Parking Are Similar There is no such thing as one price for ketchup. Looking at how much shoppers paid for a 36-ounce bottle of Heinz ketchup (in 2007), we can see $1.66 was the average. However, among … Continue reading Price dispersement
When It’s Hard to Make Ends Meet, Can Smart Apps Help? The recent partial government shutdown could have been a disaster for the 38 million Americans who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. But … Continue reading Complexity tilts us
An Economist Goes Christmas Shopping “The Deadweight Loss of Christmas” is the sort of academic paper that makes ordinary people think economists are kind of crazy. “I find that holiday gift giving destroys between one-third and one-tenth of the value … Continue reading Did you buy presents?
Six Facts About How Supermarkets Influence What We Buy Like me, have you ever raced into your local market to get some milk and passed through produce and other aisles, grabbing some items you never realized you needed? One supermarket … Continue reading Less is more